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of the u.s. consulate in the city of benghazi. it happened after hundreds of people converged on the consulate to protest a little-known internet film that ridicules islam. the film was produced in the united states. it was just a year ago that the u.s. helped overthrow libya's dictator moammar qaddafi and christopher stevens was one of the americans on the ground then helping the rebels to victory. we have a team of correspondents on this story and we will go first to david martin who's been talking to his sources at the pentagon. david? >> reporter: good evening, scott. u.s. officials say this was not an out-of-control demonstration but a well-executed attack by a well-armed band of thugs. the u.s. believes that the... this was executed by a group that is either associated with or sympathizes with al qaeda and that they took advantage of that demonstration ainst that anti-muslim film to launch their assault on the anniversary of 9/11. american ambassador chris stevens and information sean smith were in the main building when the attack, which turned into a four-hour gun batt
. they were killed tuesday in that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. today anti-american violence spread throughout the muslim world, all of it sparked by a once-obscure internet film that ridicules the prophet mohammed. the film was produced in the united states. we're going to go first to nancy cordes with the return of the american dead. >> reporter: the remains of the u.s. ambassador to libya and three others were carried off a military plane and into a hangar where the president and other dignitaries state department staffers and the victims' families waited. the families had met privately with the president and secretary of state before the ceremony. >> this has been a difficult week for the state department and for our country. >> reporter: an emotional secretary clinton paid tribute to each man in turn. sphaupb smith joined the state department after six years in the air force. tyrone woods-- known to most as rone-- spent two decades as a navy seal serving multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. glen doherty-- who went by "bub" was also a former seal and
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